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EAA MC9 OPTIC MATCH

IMPORTER: EUROPEAN AMERICAN ARMORY CORP. (DEPT. AR), P.O. BOX 3008, COCOA, FL 32924;
(321) 639-4842; EAACORP.COM
8.25 "

4.63 "
5.55 "

MANUFACTURER:
GIRSAN (TURKEY)
ACTION: RECOIL-OPERATED,
SEMI-AUTOMATIC,
CENTER-FIRE PISTOL
CHAMBERING: 9 MM LUGER
SLIDE: CARBON STEEL;
BLACK CERAKOTE
FRAME: GLASS-FILLED

The MC9 Optic Match features a removable
aluminum magazine well extension that,
along with the beveled interior edge of the
polymer frame, aids in the quick reloading
of the pistol's 17-round magazines.

SIGHTS: FAR-DOT OPTIC
WITH INTEGRAL FIBEROPTIC DOTS; ADJUSTABLE
WHITE-DOT FRONT
TRIGGER: STRIKER-FIRED;
5-LB. PULL
WIDTH: 1.18 "
WEIGHT: 30 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S
MANUAL, TWO TRIGGER
SHOES WITH WRENCH,
THREE BACKSTRAPS,
BACKSTRAP PIN TOOL,
HARD CASE, CLEANING
BRUSH, LOCK
MSRP: $661

The MC9 pistol and Far-Dot optic
proved to be a satisfyingly accurate
NYLON
BARREL: STEEL; SIX-GROOVE,
combination. I tend to produce 3 "
1:10 " RH TWIST
to 3.5 " groups at 25 yds. with good
M
AGAZINE: 17-ROUND
polymer-frame pistols when the gun,
DETACHABLE BOX
the ammunition and I are all doing
our jobs. Using a red-dot optic helps
to shrink my group sizes by as much
SHOOTING RESULTS (25 YDS.) MC9 OPTIC MATCH
as half an inch.
ENERGY
GROUP SIZE (INCHES)
9 MM LUGER
VEL. @ MUZZLE
Along with the typical accuracy
CARTRIDGE
(F.P.S.)
(FT.-LBS.)
LARGEST
AVERAGE
SMALLEST
and velocity testing, I was looking
1004 AVG.
FEDERAL STM
329
2.61
3.07
2.85
for potential performance gaps that
147-GR. TSJFP
6 SD
sometimes occur in 9 mm pistols,
1156 AVG.
NPA HELO
341
2.19
2.47
2.34
including the fact that, for some,
115-GR. +P CHP
12 SD
changes in bullet weight or velocity
1310 AVG.
WINCHESTER AD
438
2.58
2.73
2.65
can have a marked effect on downGR. FMJ
D
11520
S
range accuracy.
AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD
2.61
Thus, the ammunition used for
the formal bench-rested accuracy
NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 SHOTS FIRED NEXT TO A LABRADAR CHRONOGRAPH
testing was selected specifically to
AT THE MUZZLE. ACCURACY MEASURED FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS FROM A BENCH
REST. TEMPERATURE: 49° F. HUMIDITY: 43%. ABBREVIATIONS: AD (ACTIVE DUTY), CHP (COPPER
represent the range of 9 mm Luger
HOLLOW POINT), FMJ (FULL METAL JACKET), HELO (HIGH EXPANSION LAW ENFORCEMENT
ammunition options currently availORDNANCE), NPA (NATIONAL POLICE AMMUNITION), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION), STM
able. Loads included a relatively
(SYNTECH TRAINING MATCH), TSJFP (TOTAL SYNTHETIC JACKET FLAT POINT).
slow and heavy target competition
load, a premium all-copper hollow point and a higher
The Girsan MC9 Optic Standard and Match pistols outfitvelocity full-metal-jacket round. All three loads proted with EAA's Far-Dot optic proved to be utterly reliable
duced group averages that hovered around the 2.75 "
semi-automatic pistols that arrive ready to go to work. The
mark with both pistols.
quality of the Standard model is easily on par with similar
The accuracy results answered the second performance
duty pistols from other companies that often sell for
question I had in mind, namely the difference in perforaround $200 more than the MC9's suggested retail price-
mance between the Standard and Match models. In some
and do so without an optic installed.
cases, it seems customers have to pay a premium price for
The Match version looks sharp and has a suggested
a souped-up model in order to get the level of accuracy
retail that is just over $90 more than the Standard
they're looking for. In this case, the accuracy for both
model. This includes an extended, vented slide, interpistols was quite similar, with the Match model taking the changeable aluminum triggers and an aluminum magalead by a relatively slim margin. In other words, those
zine well, all of which are features that bump up the
who opt to buy the Standard model will not be getting a
price a good deal more with other brands of factory " dumbed-down " version of the platform.
custom race guns.

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